Articles by Christopher Torchia



Ruling Party Wins Big in Turkey Vote

  • 24 July 07
  • The Associated Press
Turkey's prime minister pledged to work toward national unity and fight terrorism after the Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin.

Turkey Votes for a New Parliament

  • 23 July 07
  • The Associated Press
Turks voted for a new parliament Sunday in a contest viewed as pivotal in determining the balance between Islam and secularism in this nation of more than 70 million.

Defiant N. Korea Test-Fires Missiles

  • 06 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Foreign leaders condemn the launches, and Japan threatens sanctions.

Singapore CEO Arrested in White-Collar Scandal

  • 09 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Singaporean police arrested the suspended chief executive of the main supplier of jet fuel to China on Wednesday following massive trading losses that led to allegations of insider trading.

Huge Blast Rocks North Korea

  • 13 September 04
  • The Associated Press
A large explosion occurred in the northern part of North Korea, sending a plume of smoke more than three kilometers wide into the air on an important anniversary of the communist regime, a South Korean news agency reported Sunday.

Head of Iraqi Governing Council Killed

  • 18 May 04
  • The Associated Press
The head of the Iraqi Governing Council was killed in a suicide car bombing near a checkpoint outside the coalition headquarters in central Baghdad on Monday, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq ahead of a handover of sovereignty on June 30.

Baghdad Bomb Misses Target, Kills 10

  • 18 December 03
  • The Associated Press
An explosives-laden truck speeding toward a police station collided with a bus at an intersection before dawn Wednesday, killing at least 10 Iraqis amid a surge of violence since the weekend arrest of Saddam Hussein.

Kelly Suggests Energy Incentive for N. Korea

  • 14 January 03
  • The Associated Press
North Korea might get energy aid from the United States and other countries if it resolves concerns over its nuclear weapons development, a top U.S. envoy said Monday after meeting South Korea's president-elect.

Pyongyang Chided for Nuclear Move

  • 24 December 02
  • The Associated Press
The UN nuclear watchdog said Monday it deplores North Korea's decision to remove UN seals and surveillance cameras from nuclear facilities that U.S. officials say could yield weapons within months. Washington and its allies urged Pyongyang to rescind its decision.

N. Korea Calls for a Nonaggression Pact

  • 26 October 02
  • The Associated Press
North Korea said Friday it was willing to allay U.S. concerns about its nuclear weapons program if Washington promises not to invade and takes other conciliatory steps.

Afghan Farmers Stick With Cannabis

  • 13 September 02
  • The Associated Press
Obeying a Taliban edict, many cannabis cultivators stopped growing the plant used to make hashish when the hard-line Islamic militia was in power.

Koreas Inching Toward Reconciliation

  • 15 August 02
  • The Associated Press
South and North Korea injected momentum into their troubled reconciliation process Wednesday, agreeing to hold family reunions and resume negotiations on a host of issues.

4 Dead as 2 Koreas Clash at Sea

  • 01 July 02
  • The Associated Press
A North Korean warship sank a South Korean patrol boat in the Yellow Sea on Saturday, killing at least four sailors and wounding 19.

Bin Laden: I Have Nuclear, Chemical Arms

  • 12 November 01
  • The Associated Press
According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, bin Laden claimed that his organization had nuclear weapons.

Kim Gets Back to Business

  • 22 August 01
  • The Associated Press
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has resumed ruling one of the world's most tightly controlled regimes.

South Korea's Enchanted Isle

Massacre Threatens East Timor Autonomy